By Pnina Werbner
Anthropology and the hot Cosmopolitanism breaks new floor in theorizing the function of social anthropology as a self-discipline that engages with the ethical, fiscal, felony and political modifications and dislocations of a globalizing international. The book's significant innovation is to teach the best way cosmopolitans past the North--in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Malaysia, India, Africa, the center East and Mexico--juggle universalist commitments with roots in neighborhood cultural milieus and specific groups. It introduces the reader to key debates surrounding cosmopolitanism within the social sciences, and is written truly and accessibly for undergraduates in anthropology and similar matters.
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Nava, Mica (2006), ‘Domestic Cosmopolitanism and Structures of Feeling: the Speciﬁcity of London’, in Nira Yuval-Davis, Kalpana Kannabiran and Ulrike Vieten (eds), The Situated Politics of Belonging, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage: 42–53. html). Ong, Aiwa (1998), ‘Flexible Citizenship among Chinese Cosmopolitans’, in Pheng Cheah and Bruce Robbins (eds), Cosmopolitics: Thinking and Feeling Beyond the Nation, Mineapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 134–62. —— (1999), Flexible Citizenship, Durham NC: Duke University Press.
Also 1998). Clifford proposes that ‘the project of comparing and translating different travelling cultures need not be class- or ethno-centric’ (1992: 107). :108). Nevertheless, Clifford accepts the deﬁnition of cosmopolitans as individual travellers, exiles or diasporics, which he pitches against an allegedly restricted anthropological focus on the little community or culture. Our volume challenges this historiography of anthropology, as it challenges the idea that cosmopolitans necessarily reside or move permanently beyond their nations and cultures.
While criteria for membership were much discussed in the early years, it was difﬁcult to be certain what they were or how they applied. Having a degree and holding a job in Britain or elsewhere in the Commonwealth were said to be essential, but did not guarantee acceptability. Publication cannot have counted or I would never have been admitted when I was, since I had published little or nothing in 1947. My degree was from an American university and I had never laid eyes on Malinowski. I did have a job based in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia.
Anthropology and the New Cosmopolitanism: Rooted, Feminist and Vernacular Perspectives (Asa Monographs, 45) by Pnina Werbner